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The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 11.04 - Page 4

6 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter field to find packages. To select a package for installation, click the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking Mark:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):

  • amarok
  • opera
  • chromium-browser
  • skype
  • empathy
  • flashplugin-installer
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • transmission
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • libreoffice
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • openjdk-6*
  • icedtea-plugin
  • k3b
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • evolution
  • scribus
  • audacity
  • kino
  • googleearth-package
  • virtualbox-ose

After you've selected the desired packages, click the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might be asked to accept a few licenses:

After all packages have been installed, click Close:

 

7 Flash Player And Java

To see if the Flash Player and Java have been installed correctly, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.2 r159)...

... and the IcedTea (Java) plugins among them:

 

8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:

 

9 Google Earth

In chapter 6, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and become root:

sudo su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force

[...]
Package: googleearth
Version: 6.0.2.2074+0.6.0-1
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer: <root@falko-virtual-machine>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx, ia32-libs (>= 20080808), lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1), lib32z1 (>= 1:1.1.4), libc6-i386 (>= 2.0), libc6-i386 (>= 2.1.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.4) , ia32-libs-gtk
Suggests: nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.2.2074+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb'.
Success!
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb
root@falko-virtual-machine:/home/falko#

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

root@ubuntu:/home/falko# ls -l
total 34280
drwxr-xr-x 2 falko falko     4096 2011-05-16 15:17 Desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 root  root  35093866 2011-05-16 16:46 googleearth_6.0.2.2074+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 falko falko     3597 2011-05-16 16:47 setup.txt
root@ubuntu:/home/falko#

Now you can install Google Earth as follows:

gdebi googleearth_6.0.2.2074+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb

 

10 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager
[ ] Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] Gwibber Social Client

Office:
[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

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